Tri County Report For May 15th, 2017

Police say a man they chased through parts of Allegheny and Beaver counties on Friday evening committed several robberies.  Matthew Ankrom is accused of stealing a car before leading police on a chase where they lost him multiple times.  After losing contact with him they say he robbed a GetGo in Hopewell Township before the chase resumed.  After losing him again, Ankrom is said to have tried to rob a Dollar General in Center Township.  He was finally arrested after crashing his car in Raccoon Township.

State Police in Lawrence County have charged an Ellwood City woman following a traffic accident in Perry Township early Saturday morning. According to police 26 year old Samantha Augustine was eastbound on Potersville road when her vehicle left the roadway and struck the house of 59 year old Lynn Leviere. Police said Augustine then fled the scene of the crash. She faces a number of charges as the investigation into the accident is continuing.

Police are investigating an altercation at a Cranberry Township entertainment complex.  The fight broke out at Fun Fore All Saturday.  The owner of the facility posted a message on Facebook saying in part, “There was an unfortunate incident that occurred at our park tonight between two families. I personally apologize to all of our guests that were on site during this time and assure you that your safety is our number one concern.  We are working with the police to hold the proper people accountable.” No injuries were reported.

Governor Wolf is not pleased with the recent discovery that a million-dollar surplus from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia was not returned to taxpayers.  State taxpayers funded ten-million dollars in event costs, but the leftover money was reportedly spent on bonuses for staff and volunteers.  Wolf released a statement yesterday saying in part, “When there is leftover funding, that money should be returned to taxpayers.  I am disappointed that the surplus was instead spent on bonuses.”

The Amtrak engineer in the train that derailed in Philadelphia in 2015, killing eight, is officially facing charges.  Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the charges on Friday against Brandon Bostian a day after a judge ordered the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office to prosecute.  The D.A.’s office referred the case to the state to avoid any potential conflicts of interest.  Bostian faces eight counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of risking a catastrophe and numerous counts of reckless endangerment, according to a statement from Attorney General Shapiro.

A  Sharon woman has been sentenced to jail for animal cruelty after she pleaded guilty to starving her pit bull,  and locking him in a house without heat or utilities for five months. According to the Sharon Herald, 27 year old Misty Sagenich was sentenced  to 10 to 30 days in the Mercer County Jail, ordered to pay a $500 fine and over eleven hundred dollars in restitution for the dogs care. Sagenich is also forbidden to own an animal for 90 days. The dog is now is foster care.

More than 140 Southwest Airlines passengers are on their way to their final destinations after a little detour.  The plane was on its way from Orlando, Florida to Pittsburgh yesterday afternoon when it had to be rerouted to Allegheny County Airport due to being low on fuel.  The airline says the captain declared an emergency to receive priority handling from air traffic controllers to use the alternate airport out of an abundance of caution.

State Police in Butler County arrested a Chicora man following a traffic stop yesterday morning in Butler. According to police 48 year old Martin Hoover, who was a passanger in a car operated by a 23 year old man from Butler, had two oustanding warrants on him. Following a search of the vehicle Hoover was also charged with possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia. He was placed in the Butler County Prison. The driver will be citated fro driving with an expired registration.